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Paul McCartney mourns death of Wings guitarist Henry McCullough

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Yvette C. Hammett
Former Beatle Paul McCartney acknowledges family members, fans and friends during an unveiling ceremony honoring him with the 2,460th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in 2012. On Wednesday, he mourned the death of Wings guitarist Henry MCCullough. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Former Beatle Paul McCartney acknowledges family members, fans and friends during an unveiling ceremony honoring him with the 2,460th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in 2012. On Wednesday, he mourned the death of Wings guitarist Henry MCCullough. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- Famed guitarist and singer Paul McCartney mourned the death of Wings guitarist Henry McCullough on his official site today.

McCullough, who was in Wings from 1972 through 1973, died Tuesday at age 72, Rolling Stone reported.

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"He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humor," McCartney said, speaking of his former band mate. "The solo he played on 'My Love' was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of the orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his."

McCartney posted a photo of the two performing together on paulmccartney.com.

In addition to his time with Wings, McCullough played with the Grease Band with Joe Cocker at Woodstock and worked from time to time with Marianne Faithfull and Donovan. He also appeared on the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.

McCullough had a varied career that launched in 1961. He was in the psychedelic band the People before later joining Cocker's Grease Band.

McCullough became a session musician after leaving Wings, playing with Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Roy Harper and Donovan. His voice be heard speaking at the end of Pink Floyd's "Money" on The Dark Side of the Moon where he says: "I don't know. I was really drunk at the time."

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Originally from Northern Ireland, McCullough was recruited to join the second version of Wings in 1971, and his guitar solo on My Love on the album Red Rose Speedway marked a career peak for him. McCullough improvised it in a single take.

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